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post #1 of 9 Old 03-20-2017, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Guys has anyone found a cigarette lighter - USB Charger that will stay in the charger when the bike is running?
Tried three of them and they all vibrate and fall out after about 50kms. Bumpy roads, dirt and gravel roads. are worse.

Cant seem to find anything that has a rubber insert or something to hold it in place while riding.

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I used to use electrical tape to hold mine in which worked, but soon replaced the plug with two USB plugs, very easy job to switch it out if you want.
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I got a couple outlets from Banggood, I think.
They were advertised as marine grade and seem to work OK so far. Better than the unit I had from the auto parts store.
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Do you know if the above socket is a direct swap for the OEM one?

The socket on my bike won't keep a connection for 30 seconds. Quite annoying. I don't want to have to use tape on a brand new bike and it's not worth going back to the dealer for a warranty repair, yet.
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I simply used one of these:

https://www.rad.eu/nl/c/p/47066-rad-...5v-2a-1m70.htm

Alternatively, a bit of creativity with some tiewrap or rubber band goes a long way into keeping a USB cig adapter secure. But you are correct: The cig lighter "standard" requires a spring-loaded tip that will eventually push the adapter out. And there's nothing to oppose that force, other than the friction on the sidewalls. So under intense vibration any adapter will eventually work its way out.
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Do you know if the above socket is a direct swap for the OEM one?

The socket on my bike won't keep a connection for 30 seconds. Quite annoying. I don't want to have to use tape on a brand new bike and it's not worth going back to the dealer for a warranty repair, yet.
If you changed to that socket you would also need to change the plug on the end of every bit of equipment you want to use in it.

When people say they use tape it is they wrap the tape around the male plug after the earth pins.

By making the plug a firm fit it can help but the male plug is spring loaded and will always try to push it's self out then the vibrations and weight take over to do the rest.

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I've used these outlets for several years now. If I recall correctly, I got them from Autozone. They have a spring loaded lid on them (they're made to be installed on the exterior of a vehicle, like the bed of a truck). When you plug a device into it, the spring loaded lid pushes against the side of the device's plug, which puts pressure on it and helps keep it in place. For added security, you can buy some velcro tape (the kind you find at a hardware store), and wrap it around the lid and the device's plug to keep everything from coming loose.

It's not as good as a lock in powerlet, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper. I've ridden all over the country with them, with no issues. For a USB device, I just plug a USB adapter into the outlet.

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I don't want to remove the AUX plugs and swap it unless it is direct bolt up. If I could find a adapter that had some rubber around it to hold it more securely would be what I would want.

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